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4/20 shooting suspect interviewed, released: Investigation back to square one?

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Photos, videos below.
Update: At this time yesterday morning, we followed up on our coverage of the shooting at Saturday's 4/20 celebration by sharing the image seen here of a man the Denver Police Department identified as a suspect. The headline on the post (see our original coverage below) asked the question, "Do you recognize him?"

He certainly did and subsequently reached out to the police. But he was neither arrested nor charged, putting the investigation back to something like square one. Details below.

Yesterday afternoon, the DPD tweeted the following:

This information seemed to portend a major break in the inquiry into an incident that took place just past 5 p.m. on Saturday, approximately forty minutes after the moment when thousands of people in Civic Center Park lit up simultaneously.

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William Breathes's photo of the 4:20 p.m. ignition on Saturday.
Hip-hop artist Lil' Flip was performing in advance of closing remarks from marijuana activist Timothy Tipton when multiple shots rang out. Two people were hit in the leg, a third was grazed and the crowd scattered, nearly trampling organizer Miguel Lopez in the process. But the gunman got away, and the schedule of events for Sunday was canceled to honor those wounded, Lopez says.

Police believed the person of interest had helped the shooter; his likeness was captured on a YouTube video showing 4/20 attendees fleeing. Here's a screen capture from which the image above was excised:

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After the DPD put out the word about the man, he reportedly volunteered to be interviewed by police. Then, about five hours after the original tweet, the DPD sent out a new message:

The man is said to have provided investigators with some information, but it's unclear at this writing if what he disclosed simply exonerated him, or if it pointed the cops in a new direction. Either way, the 4/20 shooter remains at large.

Here's a 9News report about the development, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of the search for the 4/20 shooter.



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Dennis Scalf
Dennis Scalf

Its been one week shit. How long did it take to make an arrest in the Darrent Williams case, a year?

Andrew Guzman
Andrew Guzman

even with crime stoppers cops cant do their job, wow. total shock.

Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

Why find a suspect.... way to pin/black eye the Marijuana scene.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I believe it was 'stuka1' !

PLEASE SHOOT HIM IMMEDIATELY !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

'Police are looking for an 'unidentified' black male, who attended a hip-hop show .' .....

This shouldn't be too difficult . Beat the nearest crack head 1/2 to death w/ their batons, leaving the subject w/ permanent brain damage to where he is unable to speak or defend himself ....

Case closed ......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

By releasing this suspect, the DPD makes it look like he SNITCHED on his gangbanger gunman pal ... or agreed to cooperate in the future ... either way, this chump is a walking deadman with his crew.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Where are the Homeland Security Drones when you need them?

Brent Selders
Brent Selders

This guy should press charges against the police. We certainly aren't dealing with the Boston police/FBI here, those guys were professionals as we saw last week/this weekend.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

All 'gangsters' look alike to me ....

I'm unable to tell the difference between the two, w/ my sight impairments ....

Do they possess an odor of detection ?

It was a cop that pulled this shit anyways & conveniently blames it on the 'black guy' w/ a gun .....

Chris Esp Rob
Chris Esp Rob

Looks like you are all wrong, way to go racial profiling you've found racists lolz

Josephine Velázquez
Josephine Velázquez

I found it suspect how they profiled the one black man in the crowd in that shot. I honestly believe the cops could care less. Potheads are lazy and useless in their eyes.

Alx Cardenas
Alx Cardenas

inside joke..just in case your a sensitive lil bitch

Alx Cardenas
Alx Cardenas

im pretty sure he stole something, just look at him...he looks guilty, lets execute him without trial.... the american way

Melissa Cox Howard
Melissa Cox Howard

Im sure they are not doing everything .they probably think"that'll teach those stupid pot smokers",but maybe your police are different than Cincinnati(taze first,shoot second) cops.

Desarae Nicole Buchanan
Desarae Nicole Buchanan

Honestly not only do I think they just racially profiled, they plastered an innocent mans face all over the media... That is just rude! To answer your question, No I do not think they are doing all they can.

RevRayGreen
RevRayGreen

check my videos ....I was near the perimeter of the shooting but left at 4:58 shooting was 5:03pm, we were 4 blocks away at our hostel, my friend was witness, taken to the station as a witness, had his weed, they of course let him leave with his weed.....


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Daniel Jackson
Daniel Jackson

A generalized statement based on a racial stereotype is a racist statement. You are deluded if you think otherwise. The the use of or implication of "they" makes it a generalization. If you don't see the racism there I feel bad for you.

markhopkins435
markhopkins435

shit just make everyone have a strip search before all events :-)

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Trade high powered rifles for his identity !

You know, the republican way !!!


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Put up a kilo of crack as a reward for his identity and capture & you'll have him caught by rush hour !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This wouldn't have happened had they booked 'Donny & Marie' ...They are a little bit country, and little bit 'gay' rock-n-roll . Not 'Rap', just as 'Metal' was behind the numerous Bush elections & Adam Sandler, in the 80's .

Censorship & abolishing the 'Tuck Rule', is just what this country needs !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Where's the, 'They all look alike ..', jokes ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

............. PPPAAPPPD!


doyle223
doyle223

This is what happens when you run the train into 5 points. Wonder whats going to come in from the new western line...

Harvey
Harvey

Welcome to the wine and cheese crowd of City Park Jazz as "just another place I can get shot."  Don't worry, the Mayor's press release about how he's on the case and everyone is safe is about to be issued.  Oh, it isn't? Nevermind.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Puts a pall on the event. Things will change now. Thanks!

Cameron Azzam
Cameron Azzam

i definatley saw this guy running with his friend. his friend was the one shooting who was also black. regardless, it was gang related for sure.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay   I don't know . African Americans are encouraged to re-name themselves by their teens . I'd tell the police something like, " Dat' be 'Toaster Oven' or 'Garden Hose', cappin' dem fools ! " 

I'd name some food item or appliance if pressed ....

stuka1
stuka1

@Brent Selders  

Questioning and releasing a suspect =/= innocence hth

stuka1
stuka1


@Chris Robisch  Everyone who witnessed the shooting agrees it was two black men, therefore racism? Wow...

stuka1
stuka1

@Josephine Velázquez 

SRSLY??? I see no less than FOUR other black men and two black women in the foreground of that photo, including the person right behind him.

stuka1
stuka1


@Alex Cardenas More like puerile joke, too stupid and hackneyed to be funny to anyone with more than a few brain cells

stuka1
stuka1

@Desarae Nicole Buchanan Questioning and releasing =/

= innocence hth

stuka1
stuka1

@markhopkins435 

U wouldnt say that if u saw some of the people that were there...U would be sayin MY EYES, MY BEAUTIFUL EYES!!!!

Harvey
Harvey

@doyle223 I live in Five Points and walk downtown, as do most people in Five Points.  It's five blocks.  Now the trash from Highlands Ranch and new trash from Jeffco are another story.  So, what's your point?

stuka1
stuka1

@Cameron Azzam  

Did you report what you saw to the police?

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